Master plan work to expand diesel program at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN – One of the first projects of Parkland's campus master plan will address one of its most critical needs – more space for its diesel technology program.

The demand is high for the program. There is a waiting list, and Parkland could easily double the number of students in it, if it weren't limited by physical space. An addition for the diesel technology program is under way, with ground broken on the new building earlier this month.

Teacher, staff contracts in Danville nearing approval

DANVILLE – Danville teachers and other school district staff could be working under a new contract next week.

Danville Education Association representatives plan to take proposed contracts – one for teachers and teaching assistants, and another for secretaries and learning resource clerks – to their membership at a meeting today.

Project's employment numbers not as big as projected

CHAMPAIGN – Was it all "pie in the sky?"

When the University of Illinois Research Park was proposed a decade ago, supporters talked of the park's potential to have 5,000 employees within a decade, or even five years.

Research Park growing, but UI tenants help fill the space

CHAMPAIGN – At the University of Illinois Research Park, State Farm Insurance runs a consumer research center, Caterpillar operates a simulation center and Archer Daniels Midland has a mathematical modeling center.

Over the years, park tenants have come to include large companies with satellite research operations or local startup companies like R Systems, which built a supercomputer in the park.

UI translation program already extending its reach

URBANA – Established a year ago at the University of Illinois, the Center for Translation is already working to build a name for itself in the community.

That name already is known a bit internationally, as well.

As the only program of comprehensive translation studies available in the Midwest, the center is well-placed to excel in its commitment to not only world-class education, but also to the art and craft of translation.

Hunting Web site features students' pro-quality videos

Nic DiFilippo's fourth-hour class at Mahomet-Seymour High School buzzes with activity as some students navigate video-editing software on professional grade computers while others adjust lighting in front of a green screen propped against his classroom's chalkboard.

But there's more to this class than just kids fooling around with technology. DiFilippo thinks his video-editing class is the only in the nation to be producing a regular show for a Web site.

3 companies benefit as workers learn from Parkland program

CHAMPAIGN – Area companies say it's hard to find workers with all the skills needed to keep manufacturing equipment humming.

But a new program at Parkland College should make it easier for them.

UI opera students to perform in original musical '1787'

URBANA – Theater artist Robert Picklesimer has adapted for the stage fairy tales, Greek tragedies and even the William Faulkner novel "As I Lay Dying."

Now he's tackling a much bigger project, an original musical he titled "1787: We the People," about the creation of the American Constitution.

H1N1 vaccine participation at schools less than 50%

CHAMPAIGN – Participation in H1N1 vaccinations at Champaign County public grade schools averaged less than 50 percent, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

The district has wrapped up vaccinations at elementary schools, with the exception of St. Matthew Catholic School in Champaign, and will offer vaccinations at middle schools and high schools in the week ahead.

GEO, UI resume negotiations Saturday

URBANA – The University of Illinois and its graduate student union will again negotiate at 3 p.m. Saturday, with a strike possible if the sides can't agree.

Among several things the UI and the union can't agree on is how much the assistants are paid in the first place.